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    Mar. 4, 1997

    No. 1 Connecticut Downs Irish for Big East Title

    STORRS, Conn. -- Carla Berube and Kara Wolters scored 21 and 20 points respectively as top-ranked Connecticut defeated 13th-ranked Notre Dame 86-77 in the championship game of the Big East Conference Tournament on Tuesday night.

    Berube connected on 9-of-13 shots from the field and added seven rebounds for the Huskies, who improved to 30-0 on the season. Wolters hit on 8-of-11 shots from the floor and added six rebounds for Connecticut.

    Senior Beth Morgan was the leading scorer for Notre Dame (27-6) with 30 points and six rebounds.

    The game was tied at 15 when Connecticut went on a 17-3 run midway through the first half. Berube scored seven of her 13 first half points in the four-and-a-half minute stretch where the Huskies built a 14-point advantage. Connecticut, which shot 57.6 percent from the floor, led 49-36 at the half. For the game, Connecticut shot 52.5 percent while holding the Irish to 38.1 percent from the field.

    Connecticut opened the second half where it left off, making four of its first five field goals to spark an 8-2 run and pushing the lead to 19 points. Twice the Irish cut the lead to 12, but were able to get no closer until the game's final minute.

    Notre Dame senior Katryna Gaither recorded her third consecutive double-double against the Huskies with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Rosanne Bohman had 11 points, while Shelia McMillen came off the bench to score 10.

    Both teams will be awaiting the announcement of the NCAA Tournament field on Sunday night. The first and second rounds will be played March 14-17 with the top 16 teams, four in each region, serving as hosts for the first two rounds.

    NOTRE DAME (77)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Morgan          37 12-31   5-6   2-6  2  2   30
    Bohman          29  5-11   1-2   4-6  2  2   11
    Gaither         36  6-19   0-0 11-14  0  3   12
    Peirick         28   2-7   0-0   1-3  3  3    4
    Augustin        22   1-5   2-2   1-2  3  5    4
    Mcmillen        32   3-8   2-4   0-3  0  3   10
    Grady            1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
    Henderson       15   3-3   0-0   4-9  0  3    6
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    TOTALS         200 32-84 10-14 23-43 10 21   77
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    Percentages: FG-.381, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals:
    3-18, .167 (Morgan 1-8, Peirick 0-3, Augustin
    0-1, Mcmillen 2-6). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked
    shots: 1 (Augustin). Turnovers: 17 (Morgan 4,
    Peirick 4, Augustin 3, Bohman 3, Henderson 2,
    Mcmillen). Steals: 14 (Augustin 3, Gaither 3,
    Morgan 3, Mcmillen 2, Peirick 2, Bohman).
    CONNECTICUT (86)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Sales           30  4-10   2-4   2-4  5  2   10
    Berube          26  9-13   2-2   3-7  2  0   21
    Wolters         34  8-11   4-6   0-6  2  1   20
    Duran           27   3-6   0-0   2-3  0  3    8
    Williams        35   1-7   2-6   1-3  6  3    4
    Arnold           1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
    Rose             4   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
    Hansmeyer        1   1-1   0-0   0-1  0  0    2
    Gaine            1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
    Ralph           21   5-8   4-4   4-8  2  1   14
    Sauer           18   1-4   5-7   2-7  0  1    7
    Northway         2   0-0   0-0   0-0  1  0    0
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    TOTALS         200 32-61 19-29 14-39 18 11   86
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    Percentages: FG-.525, FT-.655. 3-Point Goals:
    3-9, .333 (Sales 0-2, Berube 1-2, Duran 2-3,
    Williams 0-1, Rose 0-1). Team rebounds: 5.
    Blocked shots: 6 (Wolters 5, Sauer). Turnovers:
    23 (Sales 7, Williams 5, Wolters 4, Rose 2, Sauer
    2, Duran, Northway, Ralph). Steals: 15 (Sales 6,
    Williams 5, Duran, Ralph, Sauer, Wolters).
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    Notre Dame         36   41  -   77
    Connecticut        49   37  -   86
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    Technical fouls: None.  A: 10,027. Officials:
    Sally Bell, Dee Kanter, Larry Diwitt.
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